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Aug 12 2005

Some articles on the blockades at Kárahnjúkar


Second blockade at Kárahnjúkar :
http://society.guardian.co.uk/societyguardian/story/0,,1540970,00.html

Second blockade at Kárahnjúkar :
http://www.icelandreview.com/icelandreview/daily_news/?cat_id=28304&ew_0_a_id=146456

First blockade at Kárahnjúkar :
http://www.icelandreview.com/icelandreview/daily_news/?cat_id=28304&ew_0_a_id=145277

Aug 12 2005

Selective Justice at Kárahnjúkar Says Björk’s Father


Gudmundur Gunnarsson, leader of the Icelandic Electrician’s Union and Björk`s dad, attacks state over reaction to protests and lack of action on workers rights:

Iceland Review
8/03/2005

Oskar the fat pig 

Father of Iceland’s most famous citizen criticized the government’s lack of initiative when worker’s rights are violated at Kárahnjúkar, the controversial hydro-electric development in East Iceland.

Impregilo, the Italian construction group building dams and tunnels at Kárahnúkar, has been allowed to break laws, for months at a time, says pop star Björk Gudmundsdóttir’s father, Gudmundur Gunnarsson, leader of the Icelandic Electrician’s Union. He believes that neither the police nor the government act when worker’s rights are violated but resources are always on hand during protests against the government-backed hydro-electric dam.

Gudmundur says that employees at the Kárahnúkar power plant have at times operated equipment without valid licenses, including driving without drivers licenses. Employees have been put in life threatening situations and violated in various ways. Impreglio has gotten away with repeatedly breaking the law which the government has chosen to ignore. Read More

Aug 12 2005

The Protesters Have Relocated to Reykjavík


We have relocated to Reykjavik and the camp in the East of Iceland has been dissolved. We have accomplished what we set out to do in the East and are extending our campaign to the capital in spite of heavy state repression, police surveillance and harassment.

 

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Aug 09 2005

Photos from the Action in Reydarfjordur


The latest action to take place was a total success; a few protesters climbed the huge cranes at the building site of the Alcoa aluminium smelter in Reydarfjordur. Work was stopped for five hours on the whole of the site and the protesters managed to stretch a big banner saying: ALCOA PROFITS, ICELAND BLEEDS – ALCOA GRÆÐIR, ÍSLANDI BLÆÐIR. Of course the police went out of line again and showed unnecessary physical brutality against the protesters.

Photos from the action in Reydarfjordur
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Alcoa graedir

Aug 07 2005
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Video from the ‘First Crack’ Action at Kárahnjúkar


Click here for the First Crack Video!

6 August 2005

7 protesters managed to get into the construction site of the dam despite the fact the authorities had 22 police in 9 cars monitoring the area plus all the security personnel of Impregilo and Landsvirkjun. The protesters put up a banner on the dam wall displaying a massive crack. The first crack of many to come. The Kárahnjúkar dams are being built right on top of a cluster of active geological fissures.

Of course the police got very upset about this and arrested people from the protest camp and kept them at the police station for 12 hours. Yet they didn’t manage to catch anyone during the action, so they couldn’t charge them for anything.

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Aug 04 2005

Statement from Activists Currently Protesting in the East of Iceland


Statement regarding the action at ALCOA’s illegal building site.

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Today a group of activists invaded the Alcoa construction site at Reydarfjördur and climbed cranes on the site. The aim of this action was to stop the work on the site. Alcoa have been targeted because of their involvement in the Kárahnjúkar dam project and the other proposed dam projects and aluminium smelters in the Icelandic highlands as well as environmental destruction worldwide. The Icelandic high court has judged that the building of the Alcoa factory in Reydarfjördur is illegal; we demand that the construction of this factory is immediately halted in observance of this court ruling.

This action was only one of many that shall be taken against Alcoa and their like in Iceland and across the world. The last clean wilderness in Western Europe, heavy industry must not be allowed to despoil Icelandic nature. This is a call out to the people of Iceland and all in peoples of the earth to stand up and fight against the destruction of our environment and culture.

Enough is enough! No more destruction!

Heavy industry out of Iceland!

Aug 03 2005

The Guardian – Iceland Should Not be Proud


Two of a kindTime to resign? The Chief of Icelandic State Police and the Minister of Justice share a tense moment (while possibly reading a report from police spy Mark Kennedy)

 

The Guardian
Paul Brown
Wednesday August 3, 2005

Icelandic police have not forgotten their Viking ancestors, whose names in the sagas, Eric Bloodaxe and Einar Hard-mouth, leave little to the imagination. Last week,eyewitnesses say the police ordered bulldozer drivers to start their engines and move off despite the fact that more than 25 people who were trying to halt work on the Karahnjukar Dam construction site were locked on to the underside of the vehicles. The dam will destroy one of Iceland’s wild places so another hydroelectric scheme can provide power for a further aluminium smelter. Fortunately, demonstrators say they managed to jump in front of the vehicles and pull out fuel lines to prevent injury. They were arrested for their trouble and then allegedly beaten. A 21st-century saga of which Iceland should not be proud.

http://society.guardian.co.uk/societyguardian/story/0,,1540970,00.html

Jul 29 2005

The Protest Camp has Moved


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29 July 2005

The people at the international protest camp were forced to find another location as a base, because the landowner of the piece of land the camp was stationed at (the Icelandic national church) gave in from pressure from police and Landsvirkjun and withdrew the permission for the camp to be there. Three local farmers offered the protesters to camp at their land and it goes to show that not all people in the East are pro dam and these farmers have shown great courage to offer us to stay on their land. The new location is at the land of Vad in Skriddalur. If you plan to come, give us a call for direction or if you need to be picked up at Egilsstadir.

The protests will go on, and everyone is welcome to join us.

The Protest Camp has moved

Jul 19 2005

Report From Saving Iceland International Protest Camp at Kárahnjúkar Dams


The camp is going really well with loads of people turning up from all over the world as well as Iceland.

Today 25 activists from the International Protest Camp locked on to Caterpillar bulldozers and trucks on their way to wreak more devastation at the dam site.

Work was completely halted at the dam which will destroy huge swathes of pristine wilderness – if it ever gets finished, which the protestors vow it will not – just to power one Alcoa aluminium plant, itself an immense ecological disaster which will ruin a beautiful crystal clear fjord – if it gets built….

The protest lasted well over three hours with local police in complete disarray. Read More

Jul 19 2005
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Violent Repression of Peaceful International Protest


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Icelandic police order drivers to start machinery risking protestors’ lives.

Police and security guards at the Karahnjukar Dam construction site in Iceland, last night ordered the bulldozers drivers to start their engines and move off, despite there being more than 25 people locked on to the underside of their vehicles.

“It was terrifying, if someone hadn’t jumped up on the front of the truck and pulled out the fuel line then I think people may have been killed last night” said Rob, one of the protesters from the UK. Read More

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